Sus­pected Syn­di­cato gang mem­ber dies in gun bat­tle at Cuyuni camp

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A man sus­pected to be a mem­ber of the Syn­di­cato gang was killed late Wed­nes­day night after se­cu­rity of­fi­cers held off an at­tack that lasted for over an hour and a half at a min­ing camp at Black Wa­ter, Cuyuni, Re­gion Seven.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion reach­ing Stabroek News, nine se­cu­rity of­fi­cers from the Sher­iff Se­cu­rity Ser­vices were at the time ren­der­ing their ser­vices to SSS Min­ing at the camp when they came un­der heavy gun­fire from per­sons who they sus­pect to be mem­bers of the Venezue­lan gang.

Speak­ing to Stabroek News yes­ter­day, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the se­cu­rity firm Amir Ah­mad re­lated that while they would usu­ally have six of­fi­cers sta­tioned at the camp, be­cause of “wash­downs” they sent in three more to serve as re­in­force­ments.

“Last night [Wed­nes­day], around 10 pm, one of the guys ra­dioed in and said they were un­der at­tack. They am­bushed us… We usu­ally only have one watch­man at the tower and the gate is al­ways locked. Nev­er­the­less, when the guys heard the gun­shots they went into ac­tion and for the pe­riod of time there was back and forth fir­ing and what we were told since is that they had high pow­ered ri­fles,” Ah­mad ex­plained, while point­ing out that the men that were present at the camp re­lated that the at­tack sub­sided some­time after 11.45 pm.

“Our guards are equipped with semi-au­to­matic AR-50… and there were six dif­fer­ent points they were shoot­ing from. We have watch­tow­ers around the camp and we were able to re­tal­i­ate from the ground and above the ground. The area is pitch dark and you can’t see more than 15 feet in front of you but they were able to see where the gun­shots were com­ing from be­cause those high pow­ered guns would spit fire and light up the place,” he said, while not­ing that his per­son­nel sus­pect that there were about six gang mem­bers at­tack­ing the camp.

Dur­ing the at­tack, he said, the guards re­turned fire, which re­sulted in one of the gang mem­bers dy­ing on the spot.

Ah­mad re­lated that after the at­tack sub­sided his men searched the out­skirts of the camp after 3 am. Dur­ing the search they found the dead man, who was ly­ing on the ground with two hand­guns with match­ing rounds and rounds for an AK-47 ri­fle.

“They found the Span­ish guy this morn­ing [Thurs­day] along with the guns and bul­lets. We called in to the Eter­ing­bang Po­lice Sta­tion and cov­ered the body,” Ah­mad said. He noted that while none of his em­ploy­ees or other oc­cu­pants of the camp were in­jured dur­ing the at­tack, the com­pany’s dog was shot and killed by the ban­dits.

He added that they have since sent in more re­in­force­ments and sup­plies, in­clud­ing more am­mu­ni­tion, which would have been al­most de­pleted due to the lengthy ex­change of gun­fire.

While the iden­tity of the dead ban­dit is un­known, Ah­mad re­lated that some of his men would have recog­nised him since they are fa­mil­iar with the area and have knowl­edge about the gang and their ac­tiv­ity.

Po­lice Com­man­der of ‘F’ Divi­sion Kevin Ado­nis con­firmed that the at­tack oc­curred but was un­able to give any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion. He re­lated that it takes some seven hours to reach the camp site and up to press time yes­ter­day the in­ves­ti­ga­tors had not re­turned.

Ah­mad also re­lated that this is the first time his com­pany has come into con­tact with the gang but it has been aware of its ac­tiv­i­ties in other ar­eas.

The two hand­guns and mag­a­zines with match­ing am­mu­ni­tion that were found after the at­tack

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